Proctor Institute CDF Freedom Schools Program

Children ages five through 15 who have pre-registered will participate in the abbreviated CDF Freedom Schools program during the three full days (and Friday morning) of CDF’s Proctor Institute. At this time we do not have child care available for children under the age of 5.

Location, Days, and Hours
The Proctor Institute CDF Freedom Schools program held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday begins at 8:45 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m.  This schedule is designed to enable parents or other caregivers to participate fully in the morning plenaries and the 2:00-4:00 p.m. workshops.  The children will meet in the Lodge in the morning from 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and then join their parents or other caregivers for lunch. After lunch, the Freedom School will resume at 1:45 p.m. with a variety of field trips and other activities. Children are invited and encouraged to accompany their parents or caregivers to the late afternoon options, evening worship, and Friday closing. Children in the Proctor Institute CDF Freedom School will prepare a presentation that will be included in the final closing program on Friday, ending at 12 Noon.

The CDF Freedom Schools program will include outdoor activities and play. Please be sure your child has the proper sunscreen, hat, and clothing for the weather. The children may have the opportunity to play in the sprinkler or enjoy other water fun, so please send them with a bathing suit and towel or an extra set of clothes each day.

The Proctor Institute CDF Freedom School site is led by Servant Leaders who are Ella Baker Trainers (EBTs). EBTs are an extension to the national staff and aid in the successful implementation of the CDF Freedom Schools program. EBTs help to facilitate training, especially on the Integrated Reading Curriculum, for Executive and Project Directors, Site Coordinators, and college-aged Servant Leader Interns. Your children will be in caring and capable hands for these rich and fun-filled days.

Children must have pre-registered by July 1st to participate in the Proctor Institute CDF Freedom Schools program. There is no on-site registration for children who participate in the CDF Freedom Schools program; staff numbers are determined based on pre-registration and we will not have the capacity to serve additional children safely.

Parent Orientation
A “Family Orientation” will be held on Monday (tentatively 4:15-5:15 p.m.) in the Lodge. At this time, parents/caregivers will hear about the program, have sign-in/out procedures reinforced, get to ask questions, etc. Children will get to meet their EBTs.  On-site check in (reviewing on-line registration information completed in advance) will be done then, on Freedom School tablets. (Children’s name-tags will be in their parent’s/caregiver’s packets received earlier during regular registration along with a reminder about the Family Orientation.)

The cost to register a child for the Proctor Institute CDF Freedom Schools program is $150 which includes all meals provided Monday dinner through Friday lunch, materials, and participation in the program.

For questions about the CDF Freedom Schools program at Proctor Institute for children ages 5-15 who pre-register, email Dr. Philippa Smithey, National Director of the CDF Freedom Schools Program, at

Register Now